7 30 pm. Designer duo Gauri Nainika have made luxurious evening wear their staple for a while now. And they do it magnificently well, so much that they are perhaps the only designers to have got a standing ovation at the end of their show. Not a mean feat, given how stiff the upper lips of the front row is. This time, their collection was inspired by the races at Royal Ascot, England. The collection in white and creams with hints of black would find itself on the ‘desire’ list of every woman. After all, what’s not to love about beautifully constructed gowns and evening dresses with ruffles and sharp tailoring worn with edgy black headpieces? Some of the gowns, especially the ones with trains, could actually work wonderfully well as wedding gowns.
Trend alert: White is the king of colours, and let’s not dispute that. And if you’re like me and just can’t seem to do justice to the colour, look for the off shades and creams. There’s nothing more romantic than an all-white gown. Wear it to a special ball or a classy party. Pair it with classic black pumps, like the models in Gauri and Nainika’s shows.
8 pm. Goa-based designer Malini Ramani’s show started with a dance recital. Post that, there was a riot of colours, prints, accessories, head gears and textures on the ramp. At times I did feel there was too much happening all at the same time. My eyes didn’t know where to focus. But it was a fun collection nevertheless. Titled Warriors of the Rainbow, it was inspired by Malini’s trips to Morocco, Mexico. Africa and parts of India. In signature Ramani style, the collection was very resort with lots of Kaftans, oversizes ponchos worn as dresses, monokinis in bright green and orange and maxi dresses. The one ensemble that did catch my eye was a lovely white sheer peasant top paired with cobalt blue dhoti pants. I thought it was an interesting way of wearing the peasant top. Also, some of the headgears were really fun. And the use of chunky silver accessories added to the drama. I saw a lot of tribal prints, which is Malini’s strength anyway, and tons of neons and bright colours.
Trend alert: Bring home the maxi dress. It’s great for a brunch, and even for an evening out if the fabric is right. Wear it with statement accessories. Also, tribal prints are in, and they should find place in your wardrobe. You could even wear tribal jewellery to stay stylish! Poncho tops are also a fun way to dress up on laid-back Sundays.